CRAFT DISTILLERS UNVEIL CREATIVE NEW DRINKS Knox Whiskey Works, Knoxville Take a peek back into the 1800s, and you’ll be quick to see that Tennessee’s distilling heritage has a long history. Deep in the mountains of Appalachia, moonshiners covertly made their illegal “white lighting,” and several big-name Tennessee whiskey brands have become longtime mainstays. But it wasn’t until 2009, when a law change loosened restrictions on where spirits could be distilled, that the distilling landscape changed dramatically. Since then, Tennessee has seen a boom in craft distilleries all across the state— and it’s not just whiskey. Many spirits require years of barrel aging, leaving fledgling distillers plenty of time to experiment with other types of alcohol. The result is an astonishing diversity in style, size and craft, as distillers push the envelope on traditional spirits. From red absinthe to spirits distilled from Tennessee-grown sorghum cane, the variety is surprising. And then, there’s the unexpected profiles; marvel at a rainbow of brightly colored moonshine in creative flavors, such as French Toast, Pumpkin Roll and Chocolate & Cherries. Ready to start tasting? Take your pick from distilleries throughout the state, and sip something local to raise your spirits. Southern Pride, Fayetteville 1 Memphis Old Dominick Distillery Pyramid Vodka 2 Clarksville Old Glory Distillery Co 3 Franklin Leiper’s Fork Distillery 4 Thompson’s Station H Clark Distillery 5 Lynnville Tenn South Distillery 6 Nashville Beechtree Distillery Corsair Distillery Nashville Craft Nelson’s Green Brier Distiller Prichard’s Distillery Speakeasy Spirits Distillery 7 Lewisburg Duck River Distillery 8 Fayetteville Southern Pride Distillery 9 Lascassas Jug Creek Distillery 10 Lynchburg Jack Daniel Distillery 11 Tullahoma George Dickel Distillery 12 Woodbury Short Mountain Distillery 13 Chattanooga Tennessee Stillhouse 14 Knoxville Knox Whiskey Works 15 Kodak Thunder Road Distillery 16 Pigeon Forge Old Forge Distillery 17 Gatlinburg Sugarlands Distilling Co. Doc Collier Moonshine Ole Smoky Distillery 18 Sevierville Tennessee Legend Distillery 19 Newport Cocke County Moonshine Distillery Popcorn Sutton Distillery 20 Hartford Bootlegger’s Distillery 21 Piney Flats East Tennessee Distillery
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